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Banbury Chamber Orchestra Concert
19 May 2024
Hook Norton Church

Programme notes

Elgar: Serenade for Strings

Composed in March of 1892, the Serenade for Strings is one of the earliest works of Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934). It may have been a reworking of a previously written suite. It is the music of spring, filled with youthful vitality and charm.


Dvorak: Serenade for Wind

The Serenade offers us Dvorák in youthful invention, as well as at his best in beautiful melodies and luscious harmony, echoing the lovely Serenades of the Mozart of Old, while creating a uniquely Czech-sounding work.  It is indeed exquisitely done, and one of the most glorious chamber-works ever written.

Farrenc: Symphony in G Minor

Farrenc’s last completed orchestral work, Symphony No. 3 in G minor, was finished in 1847. Premiering in 1849, it follows in the style of Beethoven. There may be referents here, above all Mozart’s G minor Symphony, No. 40, as well as Schumann and even Chopin, in the flexibility of Farrenc’s tunes, but the result is something distinctively her own: a uniquely expressive and significant voice that needs to be recognized and heard.

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